The first Froebel® Gift consists of 12 soft yarn balls of approximately two inches in diameter -- two each in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. One ball of each color has a string, (approx. 6 inches long) with a loop on one end so that they can be dangled. It is introduced while the child is still a toddler and is used with children ages 18+ mos (post teething) under adult participation.
Froebel recognized that a ball is often a first or favorite toy of infants. It is lightweight and easy to grasp or hold. For Froebel, the ball symbolized unity because it is a complete whole, a pure form. The whole is the beginning of understanding and everything else is derived from the whole. Made in China.